Does where you live increase your coronavirus risk? – BBC Newsnight

published on July 17, 2020

Sometimes in life it's the little things a newspaper a carton of eggs a voice at the window just giving them a lifeline just even a knock on the doors one lady said I haven't spoken to anybody nobody's nuts on my door for two weeks being the voice at the window because

I've been furloughed himself just a KC trying to help the communities this group has been delivering food parcels to the vulnerable in fails worth in the west of Oldham for the past eight weeks for some in this community they're the

Only Souls they see for days at a time what what you think you'd have done if if they hadn't been around I don't know I really don't know it's one of those things where what do you do miss Garrett it really is scary it's ready to go

Early believe me and I mean I've been on my own since 1996 but I've never done anything like this at all and if it wasn't for these people everything about potentially a lot more time on your own I mean it should be honest with you I'd

Love to get out I'm getting by as life-affirming as helping others is they know that death might never be far away in Coby told him a bed fellow of the new friendships they're making last week from colvett and he was he was taken to

The nightingale and that was awful because she hadn't seen him for over four weeks and wasn't able to say back to him it's not just the sadness it can be the hope that they've got you walk away and you think me it were my and

I've gives them that little bit of hope I'm nothing I'm nobody really I don't know them but you do feel that you're doing that you're giving them something news night has calculated that several areas in the north of England have some

Of the worst excess death figures in the country old UM's are up by 38 percent long-standing health inequalities in places like this threaten to make their outbreaks worse which will make their recoveries still

Father this is not today's problem this Christ has been building up for decades and what did we do to stop that crisis today's a coronavirus yesterday it was SARS tomorrow it will be something else and we need to learn from this crisis

It's not about blaming and shaming anyone we need to learn from this crisis and say what we will do nationally what's our strategy to deal with those vulnerable groups while there is poor housing weather is your chronic health

Condition where there is prevention of chronic health conditions and and consequences of your industrial revolution because all of those things you talked about obesity chronic conditions poor housing they are

Particularly prevalent and older and probably and that's before the economic impact sets in unemployment in Oldham was already the highest in Greater Manchester before kovat hit it's now going from bad to worse as our taxi

Business is concerned are things that I think that if I remember correctly about five to six people's are working at the moment on the on the taxi dance how many normally are working 85 it's a four or five are working out right if I

And what they're doing for money I think that they are whatever the key P they have save it they are living with it people have talked a lot during the cope with nineteen crisis about resilience the ability of a country a city a town a

Place a street to withstand pressure and plight the truth is that places like Oldham were already far less resilient to begin with and their worry is that that could get worse though without substantial

Central government intervention into how local government is financed then they'll become less resilient still just up the m62 st Helens also has high excess death figures double its average it also faces a funding crisis revenues

For the council of falling and outlay kovetz spending is having to rock it now we're projecting by September extra costs and losses of around thirty five million not just for us and Alan's the government so far is given at eleven

Point three million which we welcome it with glad for that but that leaves a gap of more than 25 million if you add that to the 10 million we've already had to make up this year an already difficult situation

Becomes potentially catastrophic just out in concrete terms because 25 million people won't really know what it means what would that mean for you as a council I asked officers what 25 million would look like as a worst-case scenario

And I was told that for example hypothetically it would be the equivalent of switching off all the streetlights for a year right now the government is planning its second round of kovat 19 support funding for local

Authorities the way they're allocating that money though is changing from need to population Newsnight has seen this set of calculations which shows the effects of the change it shows wealthier councils like Surrey

Gaining an extra 31 percent from their first allocation some northern poorer councils though like st Helens lose out down 22% neighboring knowsley is bound 39% conservative councillors in st Helens have joined their labour

Counterparts in writing to the communities secretary calling for any funding shortfall to be plugged so Robert generate we're watching this I'm sure he's a big news what would your message be to him my message to him

Would be quite simple read the letter we have sent you of five political parties on st Helens council because we need to get what we need for the people of st Helens so many places across our country are forging the bonds of community and

You are becoming at once closer whilst being further apart the question lingering in those same places though is whether those bonds are enough

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